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MORPC pushes for more local produce | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 13 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 23, 2010, titled MORPC pushes for more local produce | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The central Ohio economy could get a boost by producing more of the food that is consumed in the area, but it will require a number of changes, according to a report released yesterday.

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OMG

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 23, 2010
Okay, I am not saying this is a bad idea but MORPC is supposedly a "think tank" of sorts and this is what they come up with as a solution? My fourth grader suggested the same thing 6 months ago. I guess we could have saved thousands of dollars by having him write the report instead of an office building full of bureaucrats. Hey MORPC, I have an idea. Fix congestion first and then focus on the food supply!
dos centivos

Dublin, OH

#2 Apr 23, 2010
Here's a better idea. Get rid of MORPC altogether. And I find it ironic that this article shows up the same week the Distemper had an article about the Canal Winchester School System getting rid of their Vocational Agriculture program. In government the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. But both hands are spending our money hand-over-fist.
agape

Dublin, OH

#3 Apr 23, 2010
"establishing a regional food policy council, establishing consumer-education programs "
The audacity of these bustaurds. A "regional food policy council". Will they also begin to tell us how much salt and sugar we may consume?
nobrane nogane

Columbus, OH

#4 Apr 23, 2010
An old idea that's never really been taken seriously by most Americans.I suggested it at a neighborhood MORPC meeting over a year ago. The reaction was like I'd suggested wearing our underwear on the outside. I should just keep my mouth shut and maybe we'll get a casino someday!
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#5 Apr 23, 2010
better access and increased production of local produce would be great.
Dana

Newark, OH

#6 Apr 23, 2010
Well, duh. "[L]arge-scale production of [feed crops] makes economic sense for farmers" because those crops are so heavily subsidized. It's past time to either withdraw those subsidies or start equally supporting actual human food and a safe food infrastructure. That's exactly what this plan is trying to do.
Mary

Columbus, OH

#7 Apr 23, 2010
I love to buy at farmers markets, then I know where my product came from.
Vern from Wes Jeff

United States

#8 Apr 23, 2010
How much for the study ? I am the only one that is outraged by this watse of our money? It's pretty easy. If the local farmers market have good produce, people will go and use it. There, common sense, no study needed!
Angry Young American

Columbus, OH

#9 Apr 23, 2010
When (or if) the amount of easily-extractable oil begins to decline, cities will have to rely less on long-distance food delivery. They can either start growing their own food now or be forced to do it down the road.
Mike

Fairfield, OH

#10 Apr 23, 2010
Haven't the grocery chains been advertising more local produce for several years now? Haven't there been more local farmers' markets spring up over the past several years? We don't need studies, public-private partnerships, or councils to tell us what is good for us. Get rid of MORPC, refund the squandered tax money and let the entrepreneurs go.
Manbearpig Hunter

Dublin, OH

#11 Apr 23, 2010
So good old Canal Winchester (that has a school board that is canceling Vocational Agriculture classes) started having a Farmer's Market a few years ago. But they also charged a fee of those who wanted to haul their produce in and sell it. Government always has to have its big, grubby paws in everything, skimming off the cream. Probably gotta have a government permit to sell a few tomatoes to your neighbors now.
dallas

Columbus, OH

#12 Apr 23, 2010
In an area around Port Clinton, Ohio (northern Ohio) there were a large number of farmers who grew tomatoes for Heinz. One day they stopped buying from the local farmer and started getting all the tomatoes from Mexico. Maybe things like that cause less growing in Ohio. No study is going to change that. There are greenhouses in Ohio that grow cucumbers, but the stores only those grown in Mexico and Canada. This study is stupid. Look at the real picture. California grows thousands of acres garlic - yet most sold in stores are grown in CHINA. If there was more of a market, there would be more grown. STOP ALL THE IMPORTING and stop wasting money on worthless studies.
Jack Flannigan

New York, NY

#13 Apr 24, 2010
nobrane nogane #4 - How true. This idea has been around for ages, nothing new here other than MORPC tripping over it despite itself. Common sense vs. a useless study again and once again common sense wins.

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